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May 31 2016

Statement by the Pacific Community Director-General, Dr Colin Tukuitonga: World No Tobacco Day, on 31 May every year, highlights the burden of tobacco and tobacco-related harm.

In Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs), tobacco use is still a common habit. Between 25% and 75% of adult males, and 20% and 59% of adult females were current smokers according to data available for 14 PICTS from 2001 to 2013. The bad news is that these are among the highest smoking rates in the world.